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lean back

1. To bend or recline backwards. Here, lean back on the sofa and put this ice pack on your head. She leaned back and whispered something in her friend's ear.
2. To bend or recline someone or something backwards. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "lean" and "back." The barber leaned me back to wash my hair in the basin. I leaned the large bookshelf back so Tom could vacuum underneath it.
See also: back, lean

lean back (on someone or something)

to recline backwards, pressing on someone or something. Don't lean back on me! I'm not a chair! Lean back on the couch and tell me what you are thinking.
See also: back, lean

lean back

[for someone] to recline backwards, usually in a chair. Lean back and make yourself comfortable. Let's lean back and be comfortable.
See also: back, lean
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Lean back and do the Schaeffer loop--that's what you don't want to do.
A weight-independent mechanism allows the chair to adapt to different users by automatically responding to the weight of users and the degree to which they want to lean back.
"I make it a point every day to lean back a little, lean back and look at the good things," he said.
Then lean back, with the grease dripping down your chin, smile at the people around you, and appreciate, perhaps for the very first time, what it feels like to have enough.
In one, people lean back and zoom through a 3-D representation of 100,000 stars derived from actual satellite-telescope data or see dramatic, simulated astronomical events.
Lean slightly forward and Segway rolls forward; lean back and Segway rolls back.
Have him lean back against your legs as you press into his shoulders with your palms.
(Explode...) When you feel T, drop outside knee to ground, turn and lean back into T.
To release, lean back on fingertips and stretch one leg out at a time.
Yet ever since that unnerving episode, the young software dynamos in suburban Seattle must have longed for a sympathetic treatment that would present Microsoft's case--in particular, the case Microsoft would most like to see made is that antitrust watchdogs, the courts, competitors, and some economists should stop fretting, lean back, and just let the markets of the information age work their magic.
For example, fast-paced online newsfeed urges audiences to lean forward and keep scrolling, while physical reading materials allow readers to lean back, relax, and enjoy the material.
"I walked on my toes and when I did The Fall the director asked, 'Is that part of the character or just the way you walk?' "My wife tried to help by making me lean back and then in Fifty Shades my character has to dance the foxtrot and the teacher said, 'Do it as though you are walking; heel to toe.' "No one had ever told me that was how you walk and now I am applying it every day."
"My wife tried to help by making me lean back and then in Fifty Shades my character has to dance the fox trot and the teacher said, 'Do it as though you are walking 'heel to toe'.
“We not only want to mimic the original MTV presentation format, but want the viewer to lean back without having to click to the next episode every 5 minutes.
Use it in cushion form to lean back and watch the world go by unfold it to make a horizontal haven.